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Union calls for government investigation into dodgy labour hire practices

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 26, 2015

Calls are growing for Employment Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse to urgently audit labour hire companies as reports emerge of exploitation and non-compliance.  

“Labour hire is common practice in the logistics industry,” says FIRST Union Transport and Logistics Secretary Karl Andersen.

“Through our Logistics Workers’ Network we’re receiving alarming reports of employment law breaches.”

“Workers have come to us with evidence that some labour hire companies are not paying public holiday rates or sick leave.”

Strikes continue as Bunnings workers reject rostering proposals

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 23, 2015
 
After a national strike in September and a store shutdown at Bunnings New Lynn, workers from Bunnings stores in Dunedin and Christchurch (Shirley) are striking from 11am to 1pm today, says FIRST Union organiser David Bristow. 
 
“Bunnings is proposing a collective agreement that will mean workers lose the power to set their own rosters.”
 
“The company wants workers to be available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters,” says Bristow. 
 
“Under Bunning’s proposal a worker’s start and finish times could ch

Bunnings workers strike to “save our family time”

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 16, 2015

Workers at Bunnings New Lynn, Botany, Mt Wellington and Manukau will walk off the job tomorrow, meaning further disruption for Auckland DIYers after a national strike at the end of September.

Treaty of Waitangi bottom line not satisfied in TPPA – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The President of a leading trade union opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is warning New Zealanders that we cannot be sure whether the deal enforces protection for the Treaty of Waitangi until we’ve seen the full text.

FIRST Union stands in solidarity with E Tū

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FIRST Union congratulates E Tū, New Zealand’s newest and largest private sector union, on its formation.

“We believe E Tū will strengthen unionisation in the private sector,” says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“FIRST Union was formed in 2011 after the merger between the National Distribution Union and Finsec. FIRST, with 27,000 members across the country, continues to grow despite a harsh industrial environment.”

“We look forward to working with E Tū,” says Reid.

“We offer our congratulations, solidarity and best wishes to E Tū for the future.”

Strike off as Toll Logistics agrees to meet workers’ demands

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

After workers commenced strike action at Toll Logistics this morning, the company has agreed to conclude a new collective agreement and settle outstanding legal cases, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

Workers were prepared to strike until Christmas if necessary.

The new 3 year collective agreement includes back pay and a wage increase of 8 percent over 3 years.

FIRST Union looks forward to a productive relationship with the company going forward. 

TPPA a “betrayal” – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The government has betrayed the interests of working New Zealanders by signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“The TPPA is a threat to our sovereignty.”

“Under the deal our ability to legislate in the public interest is compromised. Companies who believe their profits or market privileges are threatened can sue our government in secretive overseas tribunals,” says Reid.

Toll workers strike after underpayments and stalled wage negotiations

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 5, 2015

Over 20 striking workers from Toll Logistics in Auckland are calling on Toll Australia and owners Japan Post to immediately investigate a series of systemic breaches to their collective agreement and stalled wage negotiations that they say are giving the company a bad reputation, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott.

“The workers have been negotiating with the company since May, but talks have been prolonged because Toll refuses to settle unless the union withdraws a number of proceedings it has against the company in the Employment Relations Authority.”

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